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Food truck rodeo, 'Star Wars' night lead our weekend best bets

Posted May 1, 2014
Updated May 2, 2014

Wool E. Bull was on hand to help cheer on the Doughman teams.

— It’s First Friday in downtown Raleigh! Check out our guide to the fun, specials and more!

Hall and Oates will headline Band Together North Carolina’s main event on Saturday night at Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh. Other performers include Robert Randolph and The Family Band and Jack the Radio. The show benefits Communities in Schools of Durham and Wake counties. Tickets are still available. 

Cage the Elephant will play a free show at Red Hat Amphitheater on Friday night. They will be joined by Foals and J Roddy Walston. The show starts at 6 p.m. 

Also on Friday, help the Hope for Haiti Foundation and listen to some great music at Rally Point Grill in Cary. The Rock Your World concert is from 6-11 p.m. and will feature Sidewinders, Band of Brothers and The Davis Messina Band. The show is free, but there will be a silent auction for a custom Fender guitar, getaway for two to the Turks and Caicos and spa packages. All proceeds will go to the Hope for Haiti Foundation and Dew4Him Ministries.

Wake Forest holds its annual Meet in the Street Festival downtown on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy live music, crafts and a beer garden. 

Out! Raleigh in downtown celebrates the LGBT community with a family-friendly festival on Fayetteville Street Saturday starting at 11 a.m. 

Apex hosts its annual Peakfest in downtown on Saturday. This arts and crafts festival draws hundreds of vendors each year. In addition to crafts, check out live music, a BMX bike show and more! 

Check out vintage cars, hot rods and motorcycles during the Raleigh Rally on Glenwood South Saturday. In addition to some sweet rides, there will be vendors, music and more! 

Gizmo Brew Works is celebrating their One Year Anniversary this Saturday with a free party, live music and food trucks. They will be releasing their Beekeeper Honey Wheat, and 10 other Gizmo brews, plus a cask, will be available. The party is from 12-8 p.m.

Looking for a place to watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday? We have a few suggestions. 

In Durham, enjoy a bike parade and dinner in Durham Central Park on Saturday during the free Thanksgiving in Spring event. After the meal, there will be a lantern parade and ice cream. The fun runs from 2-10 p.m. 

Sandy Duncan stars in the NC Theatre’s production of “Driving Miss Daisy,” which plays the Duke Energy Center’s Fletcher Auditorium this weekend. The show plays through May 11. Tickets are on sale now. 

The first Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year is Sunday. More than 50 trucks will participate in this rodeo on Fayetteville Street. The event runs from 1-6 p.m. New for families this year is a Bubble Zone and Street Chalk Art Zone. 

The Durham Bulls will celebrate “Star Wars Night” on Sunday with special uniforms and appearances from your favorite “Star Wars” characters. 

Comedian Ralphie May plays Goodnight’s Comedy Club Thursday through Sunday. You might remember May from his second-place finish on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” or Comedy Central specials. Tickets start at $25. 

Dos Taquitos Xoco in downtown Raleigh will hold its annual Cinco de Mayo block party starting Sunday at 11 a.m. Check out their outside taco bar, fiesta menu and live music.

Tour some environmentally-friendly built homes in the Triangle this weekend and next during the Triangle Green Home Tour. Take a look through 30 new and remodeled certified green homes in the area for free. 


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  • mdsimone May 2, 2014

    I'm shocked that Out! Raleigh, Saturday downtown Raleigh isn't on this list. It's likely to be a bigger event then anything listed here and it is an event catering to supporting all families.

  • Felicia Jones May 1, 2014
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    First Friday not on the list????